Sam's Club, the warehouse club division of Wal-Mart Stores, is cutting about 11,200 jobs as it outsources its in-store demonstrations.
The cuts represent about 10 percent of the warehouse club operator's 110,000 staffers across its 600 stores. There are 22 across North Carolina, including four in the Triangle in Raleigh, Morrisville and Durham.
Sam's spokeswoman Susan Koehler said none of this region's stores will close but that on average, the number of employees per store that were affected was 15 to 20. Nationwide, the cuts include 10,000 workers, mostly part-timers, who offer food samples and showcase products to customers. The company also eliminated 1,200 workers who recruit new members.
Employees were told the news at mandatory meetings on Sunday morning.
Shopper Events, based in Rogers, Ark., currently works with Wal-Mart's namesake stores on in-store demonstrations. Sam's Club is looking to the company to improve sampling in areas such as electronics, personal wellness products and food items to entice shoppers to spend more.